Sergio Cragnotti has confirmed that he will step down as president of Laziowith immediate effect if a suitable candidate to replace him can be found.

“I’m working on maintaining the high levels of the club, in order to deliver it in a good condition to my successor,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“My job isn’t about being Lazio president. If someone wants the team and is able to assure a good future for them, better than the current one, I’m ready to leave. “

And I am ready to leave immediately.”

Cragnotti has cut an increasingly beleaguered figure in recent months as his club have teetered on the verge of bankruptcy. His already tarnished reputation ammong the club’s supporters will not have been helped by the admission that he made a blunder in the transfer market last season.

“Nesta’s sale caused me great pain, but I made another mistake,’ Cragnotti confirmed.

“Last season, Inter asked me for Crespo. They offered me Vieri and money, but I refused.”

Argentine striker Hernan Crespo is now Christian Vieri’s partner at Internazionale, after joining them in the summer.